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Clothes fit the need in Tennessee church’s giveaway

Shoppers make their way through the annual clothing giveaway inside the auditorium at Tusculum Church of Christ on Saturday. ( Photo by Aaron Sain via The Tennessean)

The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reports:

For Emily Valentine, the “Caring by Sharing” Clothing Giveaway at South Nashville’s Tusculum Church of Christ is a true godsend.
“My kids wouldn’t get school clothes if it wasn’t for this,” said Valentine, a stay-at-home mother of four who has been coming to the event for 11 years.
“We make a big deal out of it every year. My kids love it so much that they ask me what day it’s going to be held on and then they mark the days of the calendar leading up to it.”
In 15 years, the giveaway has grown from a series of tiny rooms to an auditorium full of donated clothes, some piles measuring 4 feet deep. About 700 people, including Valentine, three of her children and her sister-in-law, made their way through this year’s event, which was held Saturday.

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  • Feedback
    Our church is doing our first Caring by Sharing event this month. The idea probably came from this church as the event is using the same name. The lady who instigated it this year brought the idea from the church she attended in Nashville.
    Polly Scott
    August, 9 2012
    Our small congregation in Prineville OR has been giving away clothing for many years. Every Thursday we open our building and the two classrooms that hold our donated clothing. We usually have 50-70 people come in each time. Unemployment is very high in our county so the need is great. The ones that really break my heart are the grandparents who have had grandkids dropped on their doorstep without so much as a toothbrush. Some are almost in tears that we can provide some of the necessities. God sees to it we get plenty of donations.
    Linda Hill
    August, 16 2012

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